My Kinda Music: MAROON5

My Kinda Music: MAROON5

Maroon5 CDNot a whole lotta real pleasures in my life these days. I really love spending most of my time on this computer, building websites, working with graphics. I also enjoy a few television programs and occasionally I will watch Late Night with David Letterman. He has an irreverent sense of humor and usually gives me a good laugh or three. But the music has never been all that great for me. I don’t know who picks these groups, but some of them are down right repulsive. Whata ya gonna do but change the channel.

Tonight was QUITE different. Maroon5 and It Won’t Be Soon Before Long made the difference. I’ll admit that what initially prompted me to give a listen – or at least wait to see them walk on stage – was the very stylish album cover (us old folks still call ’em albums – they’re CDs and even smaller an’ shinier than my old 45’s) – go ‘head, give it a click to see the larger version. I know, that’s a pretty weird reason to decide to listen to a group, but I’ve made flimsier decisions than that, ya know. So, the end of the show comes around (by the way, pretty stiff and boring Katie Holmes was and that was a lousy impersonation of Letterman that Frank Caliendo did) and the Maroon 5 were introduced. Right away I noticed it: no screaming. Really, you know what I’m talkin’ about. These guys were smooth. I was tappin’ away on my computer, ferget doin’ what, and I just had to stop. It was a very fresh and clean sound.

This music coming from Maroon 5 is amazing. I know that my taste in music has always run toward pop and dance music, but lately, maybe because I’ve done more reminiscing, I’ve been listening to some of the stuff I enjoyed in my youth. That’s what old folks do, right? But ol’ Dave brought me right back to the here an’ now. Even with the poor sound equipment his producers saddle the musical talent with, these guys sounded very good. So, geek that I am (‘course I waited ’til their set was over), I googled them. Yeah, that’s a verb now.

The Maroon 5 website isn’t as nice as their music. It’s Adobe Flash based and doesn’t function well – no “tooltips” to tell you what’s what and the worst, no volume control. But the best part is their top tune, “Won’t Go Home Without You” started playin’ right away. I love DSL. It’s the same piece they played on the Letterman show and it really has a much better sound quality. This song has a crisp, but gentle beat and melodic lyrics. The chorus is smooth, so much unlike all that harsh screaming I’ve heard and stumbled over shit trying to get to the volume knob. I found myself bouncing my feet and tapping on my thigh just like I did so long, long ago.

As “…Without You” faded off, I nervously anticipated the next song. You know, you’ve been through it before… a great song turns into the only good thing that group ever did and the rest is kee-rap. Not Maroon 5. These guys got lots more music in them. Up was “Wake Up Call“, a lively tune that really had me wishin’ I could still dance. Well, I can, but only for about 20 seconds an’ then I’m grabbin’ for the rescue inhaler. This tune was one a them you just gotta move to though and I did my best. I pulled the oxygen on and kept playin’ my legs like an old drum kit.

They don’t have every song of the CD on their online player, but the five tracks they do have are enough to sell me. You can get their album through iTunes, or at and either place will let you listen before you buy. Of course, the best listening is at the Maroon5 website. They have links to iTunes, and several other places you might find interesting (‘course, I am an Amazon affiliate partner and it helps me if you buy the music – or anything – by clicking the links to Amazon I provide here). I tried to join their forum, but they don’t like me, I guess. Couldn’t get much to work there. So, I stole some graphics and high-tailed it outa there. Hope you like what I did with them.

Jim with 1 Foot OUT of the Grave tonight.

Jim McClain

Born 1949 and not dead yet.

This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Mamamoots

    Replied to one of your posts on the M5 board. Welcome to you there and hope to have you around more. Yep, the site stinks, in a lot of ways, the old ez board was much more fun. Anyway, I’m there with M5 since 2004 with Songs About Jane AND over fifty years old, so I can relate. Contact me if you want, we could really have lots to talk about.

  2. Mamamoots

    BTW, Jim, do yourself a favor and buy Songs About Jane.

  3. Sue

    I had trouble navigating their site as well. I’ve got it tagged to take a listen though!

  4. Mamamoots

    Jim, haven’t seen you around in a while on the M5 boards, not that I anticipated you would be there daily. Anyway, how’re ya feelin’ hon? As well as can be expected I would guess. I’m here and all ears if need be. And have you got “Songs About Jane” yet? If not, run (well, I guess running would be a little hard for you) so walk to the nearest store or hook yourself up with iTunes, or whatever you do to get your music, and DO IT NOW! Best gift you could ever give yourself! Truely. It’s better than “It Won’t Be Soon Before Long”, at least in my book. I’d love to hear back how you’re holding up.

  5. Jim McClain

    Hey Mamamoots, thanks for the concern. I appreciate it. Yep, got “Songs…” and love it, but I do like “It Won’t Be…” better. One I keep at home, the other in my car. Otherwise holding my own. The cold and snow isn’t being nice and doc tells me to move, but this is my home and I ain’t goin’ anywhere yet. I wonder if Maroon5 will play Reno anytime soon? I’d go and dance on my Segway too. 🙂 Hugs from Jim.

  6. iamsomisty

    jim, have you checked out the iwbsbl website? there’s a player on there too, think it’s much better.

    also wanted to tell you about a great website that’s full of people who really love the guys and their music, at . it’s drama and crap free, it’s a great place, you should check it out.

    i love both albums, and some of the songs they did as kara’s flowers are pretty good too. see you on the boards. donna

  7. Rob O.

    I know this is long after the fact (since this blog post was published more than a year ago) but I’ll bet you would also really enjoy OneRepublic. Check ’em out if you haven’t already done so!

    1. Jim McClain

      Hi Rob, I’m sorry I didn’t check OneRepublic out the last time you told me about them. I’m listening to some of their videos on YouTube now and you’re right, very nice music. Dreamin’ Out Loud even reminds me of The Beatles (a rift or 2 anyways). Thanks – and I enjoy your blog too. I appreciate your comments. I wish I wasn’t so lame and unmotivated to write more. But I do manage to stay busy running my favorite website, The Floor Pro Community. Be well. Jim

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  9. Jim McClain

    Arron, all the content on this site is copyrighted, so you can’t copy it for your own website. You can take a very short snippet and then link your readers here for the whole articles. Thanks.

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